Your Pediatric Dentist will monitor your child’s dental health as well as their oral growth and development, much the same as your Pediatrician monitors their general health, growth and development. Your child’s mouth will be thoroughly examined, after which you will be provided with a personalized home care program with recommendations covering tooth brushing, flossing, dietary and fluoride. In addition, your child’s orthodontic development will be discussed along with any recommendations or referrals for treatment. Your child’s teeth will be professionally cleaned and fluoride topically applied, usually during this first visit. So that a complete diagnosis and treatment plan may be achieved, X-rays may be taken during this visit as well. At your consultation visit, Dr. Lee will review any records you may already have. Please be sure to bring previous x-rays as well as all our office forms completely filled out.
As your child grows older, we will carefully check for any need for early dental intervention. We do not just fill cavities. We proactively promote positive dental experiences while providing guidance to good dental health, before problems occur.
Our office joins with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in recommending that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. The first visit to the dentist can often be an enjoyable and positive experience for you both. Inform your child ahead of your appointment time and tell them that the dentist and the staff will explain answer any questions and all procedures.
Avoid using buzz words, such as “needle”, “shot”, “pull”, “drill” or “hurt”, that might cause unnecessary fear. We make a practice of using words that convey the same meaning, but won’t frighten your child.
During the initial examination, you are invited to stay with your child. In the future, we can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you allow our staff to accompany them through the dental experience. It is our goal to overcome your child’s apprehension and build their confidence. Of course, you may come with your child to the treatment room if you choose. Please have other children who are not being treated remain in the reception room with a supervising adult, for the safety and privacy of all patients.
We want to make each and every visit to our office something your child looks forward to!
Dr. Harvey and his staff are dedicated to ensuring that you and your child have a pleasant visit every time we see you.